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Business Report: Health insurance - Who's insured, and how?

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

This is a private sector analysis, based on figures from last year, but the proportions are still similar. Almost half – wedges 1, 2, 3, and 4, the green ones – are employer plans: large group, small group, government, and the military's TriCare.

The orange wedges, 5, 6, and 7 – are Medicare. The maroon wedges, 8, 9, and 10, are Medicaid, and the blue wedges are new Medicaid categories.

Skipping up here to the red wedges, these are the uninsured, including some who are eligible for tax credits or Medicaid.  And Obamacare? The yellow wedges – roughly 9 million people.

One of the reasons the constant dissing of Obamacare stuck was that the vast majority of us had no personal experience with it, we were covered other ways, but the criticism was credible because we knew costs and premiums were rising. The difficulty for Congress is that Obamacare was part of the solution more than it was part of the problem, and replacing it requires action that does not mess with the people in the yellow wedge because that's bad political, economically and morally.

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